25 November 2018 - To mark ten years of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Montenegro, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates is organizing the UAE-MNE Cultural Evening on Tuesday, November 27 at the Great Hall of the Cultural and Informational Centre "Budo Tomović" from 7 PM.
As it was announced in the official report by the CIC “Budo Tomović,” the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Montenegrin games performed by Cultural and Artistic Association "Njegoš" from Cetinje and the traditional Emirate performance of the ensemble from Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.
As explained within the announcement, diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Montenegro were established in 2008. “This year, the two countries celebrate ten years of diplomatic relations that have always been in the spirit of friendship, trust, solidarity, and understanding. For these 10 years the United Arab Emirates and Montenegro have learned a lot about each other, have found ways to work in many areas, and have come close to the two peoples seemingly entirely different and far, turning them into friends and partners," the report says.
The UAE Embassy started working in Montenegro in 2010 and has since made a significant contribution to the promotion of Emirates culture, bringing prominent artists in the field of calligraphy, painting, and drawing, traditional music from the region and traditional costumes typical of UAE.
"Now, for the first time in Montenegro, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the folklore performances of the cultural, artistic associations from the UAE, in a friendly exchange with the cultural, artistic association from Montenegro," the CIC reports.
Free tickets for UAE-MNE Cultural Evening can be redeemed at the CIC Ticket Office every workday from 9 AM to 8 PM.
24 November 2018 - The art exhibition of drawings by Nera Pletikosić was opened in the gallery "Josip Bepo Benković" on November 21st. In the introductory text of the catalog of works by Nera Pletikosić, art historian Jasmina Žitnik spoke.
"Nera is a poet that sings about the sadness and loneliness of humankind, but also of faith, hope, love. Her works include drawings of children, women, men, old and youth, who all seem to make one big family, or perhaps even an entire album of family photos. One picture, a man's coming, a change of generation, a life that wins and age and death," said Žitnik when asked about Nera's work.
Nera Pletikosić was born in 1990 in Subotica, Serbia. She finished elementary and mastered academic studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. She won the "Hand Palm Print" Award for the results achieved in the field of art in 2015, as well as the annual awards of the Department of Fine Arts for the most successful artistic work in the artistic discipline of drawing, and the University of Novi Sad Prize for achieving success during the studies.
She had several solo exhibitions and participated in collective exhibitions in the country and abroad, as well as in numerous art colonies.
The exhibition by Nera Pletikosić was opened by Jasmina Žitnik, the curator of the gallery "Josip Bepo Benković", and the exhibition will be opened for the visitors until December 4th.
24 November 2018 - The cruise ship "Artania" owned by the German company Phoenix Reisen sailed into Bar on November 23 for the first time and brought 1,054 tourists and 527 crew members to the country. This event has officially closed the “cruising season” in Montenegro, during which 16 cruisers arrived in the port with a total of 22,500 tourists.
According to Emil Kukalj, director of Tourist Organization of Bar, this cruising season was successful. He explained that cruising began to develop in Bar with the arrival of the Global Ports Holding and with the efforts of the Allegra agency, through which the first cruise ship sailed into the port. Cruising merely has continued to lean on the existing resources of Bar Municipality ever since. Cruising tourism, as a part of nautical tourism, has grown to become a financially powerful tourist industry in recent years. The world maritime cruise market is seeing growth in all its submarkets and, according to the estimates; it will become an increasing part of world tourism. The representatives of Bar Municipality are especially pleased that the city has become a destination of interest within cruising voyages, and they are particularly looking forward to positive projections for the future.
Compared to the previous year, the cruising season in Bar is significantly better. According to Tanja Novović, activities coordinator at the joint stock company “Port of Adria," it is announced that 2019 will bring 25 cruisers to the port with about 26,000 tourists. The companies that send their cruisers to Bar are satisfied primarily with safety and security in the port, port facilities, infrastructure and service, but also with the content of this tourist destination which offers the possibility of various excursion tours.
Captain of "Artania" cruise ship, Morten Hansen, has been visiting Montenegro for years. This occasion marks the second time he visited Bar Port. "It's a great opportunity to visit two ports in one day, Kotor and Bar. However, in Kotor space is limited, there is room for one cruiser, and the other is on the anchor. It is a small town, and coming with this many people, we have to pay attention to that. Therefore, it is good that we have another port in Montenegro. If there is a crowd in Kotor, we can choose Bar, and as far as I know from Bar, it is not far to get tourists through the excursion programs to Kotor, it's only an hour away. It is also an opportunity for tourists to see your beautiful country, Montenegro, "said Artania's captain Morten Hansen, who has been working for this company for 13 years.
In 2017, JSC Port of Adria accepted nine cruisers, with about 11,550 passengers arriving in Bar and Montenegro, while in 2016, it took seven cruise ships and 8,660 passengers.
Compared to the 2017 season, the growth of passengers in 2018 is 96%! The projected passenger growth for 2019 compared to the 2018 season is 16 percent. With the arrival of the German cruiser, the tourist season in Bar was extended, which is undoubtedly one of the priority goals of the Municipality.
24 November 2018 - In the northern coastal area of Montenegro, an annual Mimosa Festival has been conducted starting the first weekend of February since 1969. The Mimosa Festival is a traditional manifestation that celebrates the mimosa flower and the coming spring season. This is one of the most important tourist manifestations in the region that gathers hundreds of locals and numerous guests to the gorgeous port city of Herceg Novi to celebrate the sunny days that lie ahead.
Businessmen and the Municipality of Herceg Novi have a common interest in celebrating the 50th Mimosa Festival with high-quality content and by attracting the highest number of visitors to the city - it was concluded at today's meeting of representatives of local government and local companies in the Grand Hall of the Municipal Assembly. The new decade of this Holiday will be a sign of expansion to new European markets. The program was supported by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro and the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro.
At the invitation of the local administration, Herceg Novi’s businessmen took part in the meeting with the representatives of the Municipality and provided suggestions on how the traditional Festival should be improved in order to make its commercial effects more visible. Businessmen expressed their intention to keep their stores open during the celebration of the Festival and stressed that every event that creates demand for products and services aside from the main tourist season is important to them.
As concluded at the meeting, the Mimosa Festival significantly improved the offer of Herceg Novi as a tourist destination, but in recent years its economic and promotional effects are not at the level that this event deserves. In this regard, it is crucial to involve the city’s business people in activities and programs.
The framework of the program was created even before the summer, so the tourist season was used to share propaganda material. Package arrangements have been created and starting in December, intensive marketing campaigns will be launched in the cities of the region.
The participants of the meeting agreed that the Mimosa Festival should expand further over the regional borders. Starting with this year, the Festival growth will be achieved by the promotional Caravan of Mimoza which will reach Budapest and Vienna, by organizing dinners dedicated to the culture and gastronomy of European cities and countries, by the participation of foreign groups in the program, and by cooperation with the partner towns and embassies in Montenegro.
As concluded, the new decade of the Mimosa Festival will be in the wake of the expansion to new European markets, which is necessary to ensure the bright future of this event.
Traditionally, the Mimosa Festival will include many tourist, entertainment, cultural and sports programs. The most attractive programs are usually the costume ball for children and adults, “Mimosa, fish and wine festivals” along the Herceg Novi Riviera, International Flower Exhibition, concerts in town squares, various sports competitions, etc. The Mimosa Festival has grown into a complex tourist and cultural event with a multitude of visitors from all over the region. The executive producer and organizer of the Festival of Mimosa are Public Cultural Institution “Herceg Fest.”
23 November 2018 - The three-day event "Days of Hungarian Film", dedicated to the new Hungarian production, will be organized within the framework of traditional cooperation between Montenegro and the Embassy of Hungary in Montenegro from November 26 to 28 at the DODEST Hall, Cultural and Information Centre in Podgorica, starting at 8 PM. The entrance is free.
Monday: “Kincsem” (2017)
The opening of the event, Monday, November 26, is reserved for the "Kincsem" (2017), a melodrama based on the true story of a legendary racehorse. This Hungarian movie, directed by Gábor Herendi, presents the history of Kincsem, a thoroughbred racehorse who has the most wins of any unbeaten horse the history of the sport. Sired by a stallion owned by Queen Victoria, Kincsem became a sensation across Europe and a personal favourite of the Austrian emperor Franz Josef, winning all 54 of her races before retiring in 1879. Budapest’s main horse racing track now bears her name. The movie “Kincsem” stood as the most expensive domestic movie with a combined cost of 3 billion forints. The Hungarian National Film Fund shared 2,078 billion forints from the total production cost. The movie was released in Hungarian cinemas on 16 March 2017 and was later shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Tuesday: “Kills on Wheels“ (2016)
The film "Kills on Wheels" (Hungarian: “Tiszta szívvel”) will mark Tuesday, November 27th.
Tiszta szívvel is a Hungarian original, action-packed dramedy which tells a tale of two disabled teenagers from a Budapest rehab centre whose life changes completely after they become involved with a hitman who uses a wheelchair. Throughout the film, the director Attila Till keeps highlighting the fact that people frequently underestimate those they perceive as handicapped. He was inspired to make this film from his own experiences as a volunteer for the disabled; thus the movie inspires the idea that life should be lived to the fullest.
The film "Brazilok" (2017) will close the curtains of the event on Wednesday, November 28th. The film tells a story about a small Hungarian village where the friendly football tournament turns into a much bigger issue. As Fabien Lemercier explains, “the film is an ethno-tale with plenty of humour and tears. The chaos begins in the remote village of Acsa, where the local mayor has been urged by the new, young priest to allow the Gypsy football team, called the Brazilians, to enter the local football cup. This year, the winning team is invited to Rio de Janeiro, thanks to funding from a local millionaire. The championship begins. Events, emotions and anger take the story in all kinds of unpredictable directions until those who finally win shouldn’t be the winners, and those who find love shouldn’t be together.”
21 November 2018 - During this year, real estate worth about 130 million EUR will be sold in Budva, which is the highest amount in the last five years.
The fact that the real estate market has been revived is confirmed that this year, according to the rebalance, the municipality's cash register sum will increase by three million EUR for the collection of the real estate tax. If it is assumed that this figure is 80% of the total tax collected, the actual collection amounts to about 3,8 million EUR.
A fifth of the remaining tax collected goes to the state treasury. Although initially it was planned that the charge would amount to 2,5 million EUR, the revision led to the increase of this figure by half a million. Budva has retained its leadership position on the coast, when it comes to real estate business, but also construction, judging by the construction sites that “sprout” day by day, according to the local newspapers “Vijesti”.
The revival of the real estate market is certainly influenced by buyers who in recent years often come from Turkey. During 2018, Turkish real estate buyers have become owners of more than a hundred real estates - apartments, commercial buildings, and land. There are almost no residential buildings nor luxury apartment complexes in Budva, where Turkish citizens have not been registered as tenants.
Companies established in Montenegro by Turkish citizens are increasingly appearing as investors in the construction business, as evidenced by the interest of the Turkish businessmen to build a hotel on a plot in front of the Adriatic Fair.
In the period from 2014 to 2017, according to the Ministry of Finance, the Municipality of Budva calculated a total of 9,043,237 EUR in the name of the real estate tax.
According to data, the highest turnover was in 2014, when the real estate tax amounted to 3,566,549 EUR. During the same year, 2,253 real estate sales contracts were concluded. The turnover was somewhat lower in 2015 when the tax was calculated at 2,552,135 EUR, while 2,342 contracts were concluded. A decline in real estate transactions is visible in 2016 when only 1,070,081 EUR were charged for taxes, but 2,399 contracts were concluded. The recovery in real estate transactions is evident in 2017 when 2,221 contracts were concluded and 1,854,472 EUR were collected in the name of the real estate tax.
This data is not precise, since there are contracts from previous years, and also in the calculated amounts there are taxpayers who are exempt from payment.
The collected tax amounts exceed the amounts calculated, keeping in mind that many debtors settled debts from previous years in this period, and so in the period from 2014 to 2017, the Municipality of Budva collected as much as 12 million EUR in the name of the real estate tax.
Read more about Turkish influence on the Budva's real estate market here.
21 November 2018 - According to the security specialists of the International SOS Company, who assign specific ratings to countries by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors, Libya, Afghanistan and Somalia are the most dangerous countries in the world, while Finland, Norway and Iceland are rated as the safest countries.
On the interactive map on this company’s website, you can find data for countries that are rated in three categories - safety, medical and road safety. Countries marked with dark red are the worst affected, while those rated as light green are the safest countries.
The medical factors assessed include infectious diseases, environmental factors, the standard and availability of local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, the requirement for medical evacuation, in addition to cultural, language or administrative barriers. The travel security risk rating evaluates the threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest, and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travellers. Travel Security Risk Zones are areas within a country where the risks faced by travellers and international assignees are different from the country’s overall risk environment, usually necessitating a different level of preparation.
In Southeast Europe, Slovenia was declared the safest, while Kosovo is the least secure country. Comparing to the countries of the world, Slovenia is rated as a country with an “insignificant risk”, and Kosovo is a “medium risk” country. Montenegro, as well as Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia are all rated as low-risk countries.
In terms of medical security, Montenegro is a medium-risk country, which the International SOS Company explains as a country with an “appropriate standard of care available from selected providers”. The countries with medium medical risks have reliable emergency services and dental care available most of the time. Some risks of food or water-borne diseases are still present. Montenegro enjoys a low-risk status on the list created by road safety criteria.
Read more about International SOS here.
November 21, 2018 - The Boka Navy Kotor is acting as a protocolar participant in marking more holidays in Boka Bay. Boka today celebrates the Day of the Municipality of Kotor and the Day of the Municipality of Tivat, as well as two religious holidays - Our Lady of Health and the Holy Archangel Day. Again, returnee visits of the delegations of the cities and the ancient tradition of ecumenism, which is particularly respected in Kotor, make this day of the year very important in the context of multiculturalism and harmonious coexistence of the Boka population from the earliest times.
Kotor and Tivat celebrate the glory in honor of the bright anti-fascist past, as the day of liberation from the occupiers in World War II. As it welcomed the release of the Liberation Army in Kotor in 1944, the Boka Navy Kotor through all the decades that followed participates with its ancient protocol in marking the holidays of both cities.
Conducted by City Music – “Music Educational Society Tivat”, headed by the chapel Nevila Klakor, the Tivat Detachment of Boka Navy 809 Kotor, with the participation of Boka Navy Admiral, Dr Antun Sbutega and Lieutenant Zdravko Milošević in the function of Adjutant, accompanied by majorettes, started this morning on the street II of the Dalmatian Brigade to the Tivat Municipality Building. The President of the Municipality, Siniša Kusovac, handed over the state flag to the Navy Barge Gracija Nikolić, after which a solemn procession was sent to the town's promenade Pine.
The ancient, over 12-centuries-old Boka Navy, welcomed the president of the Municipality of Tivat. Commander of the Tivat Detachment, Gracija Škanata, submitted a report with an honorary plot, after which, with the accompaniment of the City Music, Boka Navy performed the Round Dance of St. Tripun. The ceremonies, apart from the vice-presidents of the municipality, Ilija Janović and Dejan Maslovar, as well as representatives of the municipal secretariats, were attended by representatives of the brother towns Ub, Sremski Karlovci, Novi Sad and Konjic. Officials and guests then headed to the Tivat Municipal Building, where the Session of the Municipal Assembly was held.
Representatives of Tivat's Detachment, led by the commander of the Boka Navy's Grand Duke, the First Major Gracija Abović, after the ceremony in Tivat, joined Admiral Antun Sbutega and Lieutenant Zdravko Milošević and headed to Kotor, where has just started the same ceremony. After the report to the mayor of Kotor, Vladimir Jokić, the Boka Navy now performs the Round Dance of St. Tripun at the Arms Square in Kotor. The Solemn Session of the Kotor Assembly is scheduled for 1pm.
Religious holidays are marked by the organization of religious communities, but with great support from Kotor citizens who, despite religious affiliation, visited the Church of Our Lady of Health at Fort Saint Giovanni this morning, as well as the liturgy of Holy Archangel Day in the church of St. Nicholas in the Old Town of Kotor.
November 21, 2018 - In the co-production of the Tivat Culture Center and the City Theater from Podgorica, preparations for the realization of a new theater show - Mali Pirat (The Little Pirate) began in Tivat. The scenario was written by Aleksandra Glovacki by the motives of Anto Staničić's novel. The direction is entrusted to Milan Karadžić, and in the authorship team are costume designer Dragica Laušević, composer Irena Popović Dragović, choreographer Nebojša Gromilić, scenographer Boris Maksimović, and dramaturge Dubravka Drakić.
"Mali Pirat" is a novel by Anto Staničić, which takes place in the eighteenth century when pirates harassed the seas. The novel depicts the life of Bokelian sailors, with a faithful portrayal of Boka Bay folk customs. This novel, alongside adventurous events, also sends a message of love to other people and nations, as well as to the family.
The play for all generations gathers a great ensemble including Dubravka Drakić, Pavle Ilić, Branko Ilić, Miloš Pejović, Goran Slavić, Branka Femić, Katarina Krek, Jelena Simic, Jelena Đukić, Pavle Popović, Maša Labudović, Marija Đurić, Omar Bajramspahić, Sanja Popović and Jovan Krivokapić, as well as children engaged in the school of acting - Miloš Kašćelan, Ivan Kašćelan, Aleksa Baćević and Filip Petrović, and dance groups from Tivat and Kotor.
The premiere of the show in Tivat is scheduled for 20 December, while the Podgorica premiere will be seven days later, on 27 December 2018.
The play will mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous Montenegrin children's writers from the second half of the twentieth century, Anto Staničić, who was born in 1909 in Tivat.
November 20, 2018 - Montenegro still has no protected habitats and protected marine areas, although three sites have long been proposed for protection, said the manager of the Monteaqua project, Radoje Laušević, at the "Marine and Coastal Protection of Montenegro" workshop at the Coastal Institute of Marine Biology.
The workshop was organized within the project "Marine Biodiversity Protection Center of the Aquarium of the Bay - MonteAqua", in cooperation with NGO MedCem from Sutomore.
The theme of the workshop was based on the EU Directive 92/43 / EEC (Habitats Directive), whose provisions relate to measures to preserve and restore habitats and animal and plant species of common interest, taking into account economic, social and cultural requirements and regional and local characteristics of the area.
The objective of the Monteaqua project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and implemented by the Marine Biology Institute, is the creation of a network and platform for discussion on topics selected as priority and significant in the process of EU accession to Montenegro under Chapter 27 concerning environmental protection and fisheries, Lausević recalled:
"We hope that the created platform, bringing together experts from scientific research institutions, relevant state institutions, and NGO sectors, will enable active discussion and conclusion not only to be made but to provide access to data, which will be important for the designation of three protected marine areas in Montenegro," said Laušević.
Regarding future management of protected marine areas, Aleksandra Ivanović from the Public Enterprise Sea Property said that this institution has been responsible for the management of protected areas in the coastal zone since 2014: "We are responsible for 24 Protected Areas - 22 Beaches, Ratac peninsula, and Special Nature Reserve – Solila in Tivat". Also, the Sea Property will be responsible for protected areas in the sea as soon as they are established.
The Belgrade TV director, a passionate diver and environmental activist Dušan Varda, presented a project of the NGO Mediterranean Center for Environmental Monitoring (MedCEM) from Sutomore: "We are implementing a project to strengthen legitimate fisheries in future protected areas in the sea in Montenegro. It is funded by the Network of Managers of Protected Areas of the Mediterranean, Prince Albert of Monaco and the Little Foundation. The project consists of educating fishermen, workshops, brochures, and excursions for Montenegrin fishermen in protected areas in the sea in the surrounding countries - Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy, Varda said.
The habitats become increasingly fragmented because of the increasing pressure they are dealing with, bringing together the decreasing number of plant and animal species, their distribution, as well as the value of goods and services that natural goods provide. Therefore, as concluded yesterday in Kotor, it is necessary to implement laws to improve the overall state of nature.
November 20, 2018 - Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" Kotor - City Library and Reading Room, for the celebration of 21 November- Kotor Municipality Day, has organized a multimedia lecture for children and young people "Meet the secret world of the Bokelian Mandrać and take a photo".
It is not easy to translate “mandrać” in English, but let’s say it is dry stone jetty, constructed along whole Adriatic coast. Most of these valuable cultural heritage constructions in Boka Bay are demolished, or damaged with inadequate interpolations, such as concrete covers. Mandrać, as a dry stone construction, allows sea water to circulate among stone blocks, so this kind of constructions don’t present any natural threat, neither in disruption of sea currents nor in the destruction of marine organisms inhabiting the sea bottom.
The lecture will be held by architect Maja Krušić and ethnologist Jelena Vidović from the Department for the Protection of Cultural Goods, biologist Ines Peraš, a scientist from the Institute of Marine Biology from Kotor and Ivan Gvido Krivokapić, Coordinator at Kotor and Fishery Tourism Organization.
The lecture will take place in the multimedia hall of the Kotor Cultural Center, on Thursday, November 22 at 10 am.